The final event for December was the now well-established ecumenical Carols for Peace service in the City Chambers on 16th December. This year it was a sell-out! We know this because we ran out of seats and leaflets.

In addition to our regular musical support of Aisling Gheal, Carissa Bovill on clarsach, and Scott Glasgow on pipes, we were pleased to welcome a contingent of the South Side Fiddlers, and on the vocal side, as well as the St. Mungo Singers, we had members of Govan Gaelic Choir, fresh from recording a Christmas Songs of Praise from the Art Galleries. Bailie Cathy McMaster hosted the service, as representative of the Lord Provost.

The service is a mix of carols, liturgical music and prayers which aims to remind those present of the real meaning of Christmas and of the ongoing need to pray and work for peace, particularly in the Holy Land. We had old favourites such as “O Little Town” and “Silent Night” and new pieces – “The Little Road to Bethlehem” sung.

After a blessing by the church leaders present, we finished on a high note to the rousing singing of Adeste Fideles, which was followed by the lively playing of the South Side Fiddlers as we enjoyed the hospitality of the City Council.